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MLitt Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation

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Our creative writing and forensic science experts have joined forces to offer this unique course. It is for budding authors and scientists who want to write crime novels or non-fiction involving the use of forensic investigation and evidence.

Study for a creative writing qualification and enjoy the expertise of our world-leading Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification. Our experts are leading authorities in their field.

You will get access to authoritative advice on how forensic scientists, police and the law work in the real world. Offering you an opportunity to learn about the forensic expert in a criminal court of law.

You will delve into the fascinating history of forensic investigation, from its beginnings in the nineteenth century right up to the present.

Your creative writing classes are delivered by experienced staff who will immerse you in the strong writing community in Dundee. Giving you the opportunity to meet acclaimed authors and publishers from around the UK and beyond.

You will learn how to

  • Work with world-leading forensic scientists and acclaimed authors.
  • Get the skills needed to create an imaginative piece of writing making use of forensic cultures, histories, investigation and evidence.
  • Gain a postgraduate qualification in creative writing on a course that is distinctive in its approach and teaching, highly creative, and designed to fit around your individual writing needs.
  • Become part of a thriving community that will immerse you in a richly creative and productive environment.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching staff include:

Dr Aliki Varvogli Senior Lecturer in English, Associate Dean for L&T, specialises in American fiction and teaches Crime Writing and critical approaches to creative writing at UG and PG level.

Dr Lucina Hackman is a Certified Level 1 Forensic Anthropologist accredited by examination by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. She is also a registered expert practitioner in forensic anthropology on the forensic expert database of the National Crime Agency. 

Dr. Anja Johansen Senior Lecturer of European History specialised in Crime and Criminal justice History, 18th-20th centuries 

Dr. Nandini Bhattacharya, Lecturer of History of Medicine and Colonial History, specialised in pharmaceutical substances in South-Asia.

Mr Eddie Small, Lecturer in Creative Writing

You will also have the opportunity to attend master classes with published authors.

What you will study

Core modules

Plus optional modules

How you will be taught

Your Creative Writing classes will be taught in small group seminars and workshops. Your classes for Forensic Science will be mainly in lecture form, and you will also have the opportunity to observe forensic experts being trained to give evidence in court, in mock trials assisted by our colleagues in the Law department.

How you will be assessed

You will produce a series of creative pieces, as well as reports and essays of criticism and analysis. We provide full training, some of it on a one-to-one basis, to help you with your assignments.


Our practice-based teaching helps you find your strengths. You learn to produce critically aware and creative work . You will emerge with a sharpened sense of literary and cultural life and have an impressive body of work.

You may work in publishing, editing, teaching, festival management and writer in residence roles. As well as publishing novels, short stories and poetry.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MLitt Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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